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US Navy SEALs captured an oil tanker Monday that had loaded crude at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya and escaped to sea, the Pentagon said. The weak Tripoli government's failure to halt the tanker had plunged the country into one of its biggest crises since Moamer Kadhafi was toppled by a NATO-backed uprising in 2011, with parliament ousting Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who fled the country. No one was hurt when US forces, at the request of both Libya and Cyprus, "boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, a stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans," Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said. The operation was approved by President Barack Obama and was conducted in the early hours of Monday (just after 0200 GMT) in international waters southeast of Cyprus.
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — When a German tourist refused to surrender his passport as collateral at a car rental stand along a popular beach in the Thai resort city of Phuket, the woman behind the counter pulled out a bag full of passport books to prove he could trust her.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans of all ages still pay heed to serious news even as they seek out the lighter stuff, choosing their own way across a media landscape that no longer relies on front pages and evening newscasts to dictate what's worth knowing, according to a new study from the Media Insight Project.